Quality Identifier

Collaborative Provision

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Collaborative Provision

Collaborative Provision encompasses all learning opportunities which lead or contribute to the award of academic credit or a qualification that are delivered, assessed or supported through an arrangement with one or more organisations other than the degree-awarding body’ (UK Quality Code, B10). Collaborative Provision can cover a number of diverse arrangements with partners, including:

  • Joint awards
  • Double and multiple awards
  • Dual awards
  • Collaborative networks
  • Franchised or validated provision
  • Articulation agreements
  • Exchange agreements
  • Placement agreements
  • Accreditation of employer-based training
  • Research students working away from the University
  • Co-supervisory research arrangements leading to joint or dual awards (cotutelle).

All of these arrangements are covered within the Process Document for Approval, Monitoring and Review of Collaborative Activity, which sets out the processes and principles for their development, approval and ongoing management.

Please use the links below to access additional guidance and templates

Guidelines and templates

  • Process Document for Approval, Monitoring and Review of Collaborative Activity
  • Collaborative Provision Contacts List
  • Descriptions of Types of Collaborative Activity
  • Taxonomy of Collaborative Provision
  • Guidance on Aston Module Achievement Awards for Collaborative Proposals outside the FHEQ
  • Checklist for the Accreditation of Employer-based Training to a level outside the FHEQ
  • Guidance Note on Research Students Working Away from Aston University
  • Proforma for Risk Assessment for Research Students Working Away from Aston University
  • Cotutelle Checklist and Guidance
  • Guidance Note on Due Diligence Checklist
  • Due Diligence Checklist
  • Guidance notes for completing Student Exchange Agreements
  • New Exchange Agreement Due Diligence Proforma 
  • Renewal Exchange Agreement Due Diligence Proforma
  • Guidance Note for Risk assessment of Collaborative Proposals
  • Proforma for Risk Assessment of Collaborative Provision
  • Guidance Notes for Visit Reports
  • Proforma for a Report on a Visit to a Partner Organisation
  • Flowchart:  Adding a Collaborative Element to an Existing Programme
  • Flowchart:  Creating a New Collaborative Programme
  • Operational Checklist for Detailed Planning of Proposals
  • Handbook on Collaborative Working Practices for Collaborative Programme Directors
  • Annual Checklist for Collaborative Programmes

Articulation Agreements


Governance arrangements for collaborative activity are set out in legal agreements between Aston and its partners.  Templates and guidance for drafting collaborative agreements can be found at: 

Programme Approval and Update

Taught Programmes

The Framework for Programme Approval/Update and templates referenced in the Process Document for Approval, Monitoring and Review of Collaborative Activity, such as the First Filter Form, Proforma for Calculating Costs and Income, Module template, Programme Specification, and School Final Endorsement form, can be found at:

Research Programmes

Guidance and templates for Research programmes can be found at:

Registers of Collaborative Activity

Up-to-date registers of all collaborative arrangements are maintained by the University: international agreements by the International Office and UK-based agreements involving programmes within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) by the Quality Team in the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP).

Further Resources

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documents, please e-mail s.c.jones@aston.ac.uk